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Ben Thanh Market

Ben Thanh Market (Vietnamese: Chợ Bến Thành) is located in the center of Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam, in District 1. The market is one of the oldest surviving structures in Saigon and an important symbol of the city. Ben Thanh Market is a famous destination for many local and foreign tourists from all over the world. The market operates year-round and opens around 6:00 every day until the official closing time at 18:00. After 18:00, the day market goes to a night market, which runs until 22:00


Today, Ben Thanh Market welcomes more than 10,000 visitors a day to shop and visit. The market has nearly 1,500 stands with over 6,000 small businesses selling wholesale and retail items from consumables to luxury goods.Foreign exchange is not required by some suppliers, but most prefer the currency of Vietnam, the Vietnamese dong.

Location & Transportation :

The Distant from Trip Apartment to Ben Thanh Market is 1.8km, about 6 minutes (or more time depend up on the high traffic) by taxi or car. From Trip Apartment RiverGate Residence to the market can be easily accessed by taxis (Vinasun/Mai Linh), Grab, motorbike or bus.



Day market : open from 6:00 – 18:00

Four main market gateways also serve as a directory for its customers. Each gate has a designated area to sell specialty items. For example, the southern gate is divided among garments, textiles  and clothing, along with shoes, jewelry and cosmetics. The North Gate is the place where people can find a variety of fresh fruits, fish and poultry. This is also where food vendors are set up to sell ordinary Vietnamese dishes such as pho, broken rice, good boon, good thit noong, banh beo, grilled seafood and desserts. Eastside also offers edible goods that are packaged, such as dried seafood and poultry, fried peanuts, candied fruits, coffee beans, tea, fish sauce, herbs and spices. On the opposite side, the western gate offers predominantly arts and ceramics.



Money Exchange opposite Ben Thanh Western Gate


Night Market : After 18:00 to 22:00

Ben Thanh Market is also very lively at night. After 6:00 pm, the vendors set up stands on two sides of Phan Boi Chau and Phan Chu Trinh streets. The stands offer objects similar to the day market, but with a greater emphasis on food. Some street stands extend into seated restaurants that offer tables and seating. Many locals gather in the area after work and it is also suitable for tourists, as it offers Western-style menus in English.